November 13, 2020

The best toys of 2020

By Sian Babish

Wondering what toys are topping kids’ wish lists this year? These are the hottest toys that kids of all ages would be excited to receive. Shop before they sell out!

 

*Prices and availability subject to change

A nostalgic toy car

delorean

Playmobil Back to the Future DeLorean: $43.40 at Amazon (was $49.99)

Ready to party like it’s 1985? Parents and kids alike dig this DeLorean building set that comes with Dr. Emmett Brown and his trusty pal, Einstein the dog. With a flux capacitor and plutonium cores, you’ll be traveling back in time in a blink of an eye.

A classic building set

lincoln logs

Lincoln Logs 100th Anniversary Retro Building Set: $39.99 at Amazon (was $41.99)

Every kid needs a classic set of Lincoln Logs, and this 111-piece retro set is the perfect one. Made from high-quality maple with well-tooled grooves for easy stacking, kids can build anything they imagine, whether it’s a tiny fort or a tower.

A travel-friendly playset

micro machines

Micro Machines Super Van City Playset: $59.99 at Amazon

This 20-zone metropolitan playset has it all: a high-rise building, a working bridge, a drag strip, and 12 diecast vehicles. It’s perfect for on-the-go play since all accessories fold up and fit inside the Super Van carrying case.

A buildable sports car

lego ferrari

LEGO Speed Champions Ferrari Building Kit: $14.50 at Amazon

Kids with a need for speed can’t get enough of this 198-piece LEGO Ferrari kit that builds a zippy F40. It features high-level, authentic Ferrari details, right down to rubber tires and Formula One-inspired helmet for its driver minifigure. Now that’s what we call curb appeal. Also available at Kohl’s

A gaming console for kids

nintendo switch

Nintendo Switch Lite: $199 at Amazon

This handheld version of the Nintendo Switch is compatible with all Switch games that support handheld mode, including popular titles like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Small and sleek, it’s a perfect pick for gaming on the go. Also available at Best Buy

A kid-friendly video game

animal crossing

Animal Crossing: New Horizons for Nintendo Switch: $49.94 at Amazon

Kids can build a world of their own on a little island far, far away with a little help from their friends. There are countless activities and games, plus there’s always a monthly or seasonal event with one-of-a-kind finds. Also available at Best Buy.

A Disney-themed board game

monopoly

Hasbro Monopoly: Disney Villains Edition: $29.99 at Best Buy

Race around this Disney villain-themed Monopoly board and round up as much money and properties as possible. With bright colors and fine-tuned Disney details, it’s sure to turn every family game night into a memorable one. Also available at Amazon and Macy’s.

A buildable cooking show

LEGO bake

LEGO Friends Baking Competition: $39.99 at Kohl's 

This bakery-themed LEGO set offers oodles of fun for budding bakers. Inspired by competition cooking shows, the 361-piece set features lights, cameras, and individual stations and ingredients for its minifigure bakers. Also available at Best Buy

A hands-on activity

play-doh

Play-Doh Sparkle Compound Collection: $9.99 at Amazon

Talk about hands-on fun: this ooey-gooey set of six different sparkly Play-Doh Compounds is perfect for kids ages three and above. From different textures to rather peculiar sounds, we’re sure kids will get a kick out of squishing and squashing each compound. 

A tablet for kids

fire tablet

All-New Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids’ Edition Tablet: $139.99 at Amazon

Parents and kids alike are stoked about the newest Amazon Fire HD tablet for Kids. It has a rugged, kid-proof case and comes with one year free of Amazon Kids+ with access to over 20,000 apps, games, and educational content. Also available at Best Buy.

An activity center for babies

baby activity center

Skip Hop Baby Activity Center: $129.99 at Amazon

Engage your baby with this activity center that features 360 degrees of fun with head-to-toe interactive features. It keeps learning fun with 25 developmental activities, including musical foot pedals to spinning tabletop accessories. Also available at Bed Bath & Beyond and Macy’s.

A 3D pen

3D pen

3Doodler Start Essentials 3D Pen Set: $48.47 at Amazon 

This 3D pen is a favorite among doodlers since it lifts imaginative designs off the paper and brings them to life. Parents are big fans of this updated design, which features refined internal components as well as a cool-touch nozzle and barrel for safe doodling.

An interactive animal book

leapfrog

LeapFrog 100 Animals Book: $13.49 at Amazon (was $17.99)

Introduce kids to the wild world of animals with this interactive flipbook. Each page features bright images and engages kids with animal sounds, music, and even trivia. Best of all, the book is pre-programmed for English and Spanish. Available at Kohl’s and Bed Bath & Beyond.

A NERF blaster for Fortnite fans

nerf fortnite

NERF Fortnite HC-E Mega Dart Blaster: $11.99 at Amazon (was $14.99) 

Fortnite fans rave about this replica blaster best known for its convenient front loading mechanism. Despite its extra-long barrel, which fires NERF darts up to 80 feet, this blaster is lightweight enough for single-handed firing. Also available at Kohl’s, Best Buy, and Macy’s.

A toy monster truck

monster jam

Monster Jam Official Megalodon All-Terrain RC Monster Truck: $43.88 at Amazon (was $49.99)

Rocks, water, and uneven terrain are no match for this monster truck’s mega wheels. Kids dig the exaggerated features of this remote control truck, which is easy to navigate across even the most challenging obstacle courses, indoors or outdoors. 

A STEM toy for toddlers

counting bears

Gleeporte Rainbow Counting Bears Set: $11.97 at Amazon

This toddler-friendly STEM toy is a fun approach to learning basic mathematical concepts. With visually stimulating colors, these teddy bears and cups help kids count, sort, stack, and group pieces. The set can also be used as a helpful manipulative for remote learning. 

A pogo stick for kids

pogo stick

Flybar My First Foam Pogo Stick: $16.99 at Amazon (was $22.99)

Busybodies that love bouncing are in for a treat with this kid-friendly pogo stick. Made with soft components and a scratch-free base, it remains a parent favorite as a safe and fun outdoor toy. Choose from a dozen vibrant colors. Also available at Kohl’s and Bed Bath & Beyond.

A Baby Yoda figurine

star wars the child

Star Wars The Child Animatronic Toy: $59 at Best Buy

The Child (aka Baby Yoda) is everyone’s favorite Star Wars character as of late, so it comes as no surprise that this animated toy is one of the hottest releases of the season. The Child is highly interactive and vocal, and it even has Force activation with three taps on the noggin.

A tracing pad for young creatives

crayola tracing pad

Crayola Light-Up Tracing Pad: $24.99 at Amazon

Young fashion designers, animators, and crafters will love sketching on this light-up pad. They can mix and match tracing templates or create their own free-hand designs with the device. It’s a perfect pick for creative kids looking to take their coloring and drawing to the next level. 

Buildable Star Wars figurines

lego star wars

LEGO BrickHeadz Star Wars The Mandalorian & The Child: $19.95 at Amazon

Build these two display-worthy LEGO figures, featuring the Child and Mando, while you catch up on the latest season of Disney’s “The Mandalorian.” Each character comes with signature accessories, such as the Child’s pod and Mando’s blaster. Also available at Kohl’s and Best Buy.

A self-care Barbie

barbie spa day

Barbie Face Mask Spa Day Playset: $23.88 at Amazon (was $29.99)

Enjoy a day of self-care at home with Barbie in this spa day playset that comes with a doll and over 10 accessories. It even includes colored dough so you can set Barbie up to relax in style with a moldable face mask. Also available at Best Buy and Macy’s

A playful elephant

playskool ball popper

Playskool Chase N’ Go Ball Popper: $29.61 at Amazon

Active babies are happy babies, and this elephant-themed ball popper keeps them on their toes — literally. Babies will love grooving to the music while the capture or chase balls as they pop into the air. 

A groovy electric scooter

razor electric scooter

Razor E100 Glow Electric Scooter: $133.17 at Amazon (was $169.99) 

Kids can zip around the neighborhood — up to 10 miles an hour — with this electric scooter that lights up every time they twist the throttle. A single charge carries kids through 40 minutes of continuous riding time, and the air-filled front wheel makes for a smooth, bump-free ride. Also available at Best Buy and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Star Wars memorabilia for young fans

darksaber

Star Wars Mandalorian Darksaber: $24.86 at Amazon

Can you wield this lightning blade to unify Mandalorians once again? This electronic lightsaber delivers an immersive battle experience with sound effects inspired by “The Clone Wars” animated series and is a favorite among kids that love to roleplay.  Also available at Kohl’s and Best Buy

A rock-n-roll doll kit

LOL surprise

L.O.L. Surprise! OMG Remix Super Surprise: $98 at Amazon (was $129.99)

This deluxe accessory kit has over 70 surprises and includes enough dolls and musical instruments to unleash two jammin’ rock bands. Even the packaging is shaped like an old school boombox, so the fun starts even before it opens. Also available at Best Buy.

A toy T-Rex

jurassic world

Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous Isla Nublar Epic Roarin’ T-Rex: $33.99 at Amazon (was $39.99)

Look no further for larger-than-life fun than this roaring T-Rex. Its head, arms, and legs all move with the shake of a tail or the press of a button. Kids can even have fun posing the T-Rex to recreate famous scenes from the “Jurassic Park” movies. Also available at Best Buy and Macy’s.

A NERF gun for Halo fans

NERF halo

NERF Halo MA40 Motorized Dart Blaster: $49.99 at Amazon

Halo fans will appreciate this replica blaster with motorized dart blasting, making it a top choice for players that dig rapid-fire battles. It includes 10 Nerf Elite foam darts, plus the blast comes with a digital access code to unlock assets in “Halo Infinite.” Also available at Best Buy.

An antsy flamingo

flamingo

Little Live Pets Gotta Go Flamingo: $29.99 at Kohl’s

You guessed it: You’ll be managing this little fowl’s bowels. When it’s time to go, the flamingo sings and wiggles its tail feathers to let you know it’s time for a trip to the porcelain throne. Even parents get a kick out of this toy. 

A Beyblade battle stadium

beyblade

Beyblade Burst Rise Hypersphere Vortex Climb Battle Set: $39.73 at Amazon (was $49.99)

Competitive Beyblade fans will love this battle vortex with over 15,000 battle combinations. It comes with the stadium, two launchers, and right-spinning battle tops. Part technique and part luck, it’s safe to say that you and your opponents are in for an intense face-off. Also available at Kohl’s, Best Buy, and Macy’s

A heroic bobblehead

funko pop

Funko Pop! Marvel: Captain America: $12.95 at Amazon

Funko Pop! collectors and Avengers Endgame fans will love this Captain America bobblehead. The tiny vinyl character comes with Thor’s hammer and the Captain America shield. As a new release for 2020, it’s highly collectible — so make sure you snag it before it sells out. 

A Paw Patrol playset

paw patrol

Paw Patrol Dino Rescue Patroller: $49.99 at Amazon (was $59.99)

With Chase at the wheel of this rescue patroller, he’s able to conquer virtually any terrain to help dinos in trouble. The set even comes with a fully articulating T-Rex with a toothy grin and wiggly tail. Also available at Kohl’s.

A nostalgic toy to take anywhere

tamagotchi

Tamagotchi On Wonder Garden: $49.99 at Amazon (was $59.99)

The revival of this throwback toy has been a big hit, especially with upgrades like a full-color screen and engaging in-depth activities. Kids can even hop on the Tamagotchi app to meet up with friends and swap items. Also available at Best Buy.

An electric trike for Spider-Man fans

spider-man motorcycle

Kid Trax Marvel Spider-Man Electric Ride-On Motorcycle: $65.21 at Amazon (was $79.99)

Kids can channel their inner crime fighter when they ride this Spider-Man-themed motorcycle. It has a top speed of 1.5 miles per hour and high-traction wheels for safe riding on all kinds of terrain.

A NERF gun for the whole neighborhood

NERF surgefire

NERF N-Strike Elite SurgeFire: $24.99 at Amazon

This blaster is like no other with a 15-dart rotating drum that blasts darts up to 90 feet. It’s by far one of the most modern-minded blasters NERF has on the market, so it’s great for large-scale outdoor battles. 

A three-dimensional puzzle

puzzle

Ravensburger Sneaker American Style Puzzle: $19.99 at Amazon

If you’ve ever wondered what you can do with a completed puzzle, this 3D sneaker puzzle doubles as a pencil cup. Each piece snaps into place effortlessly, thanks to contoured precision-cut pieces. Fun and functional, it’s a perfect gift for kids that are remote learning. 

 

Sian Babish is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money. 

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